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The cab driver in the opening sequence is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's executive producer, Quincy Jones.
Will Smith recorded The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song which is on his Greatest Hits CD.
In the opening scene of the episode, Will sings Back 2 Life, which was a hit by Soul 2 Soul in 1989.
At the end of the episode, Carlton is singing Silly Love Songs in the shower. Silly Love Songs was a 1976 hit by Paul McCartney & Wings.
Geoffrey introduces himself to Will verbally as Geoffrey (but never tells him how it's spelled). A short time later, Will refers to him as G even though the common U.S. spelling would seem to call for the letter J.
Will was 17 when he first moved in with his aunt and uncle, but Will Smith was actually 19 when he taped this pilot episode.
In the scene where Will sees himself looking like Carlton, the mirror was actually covered by a rectangle with another scene in which Will wears clothing like Carlton's.
The song Will played on the piano after the party is Fur Elise by Beethoven.
Goof: When Will dashes over and smashes the staple gun into his poster of Malcolm X, the wall is shaking. Later on, the camera moves out as Will moves backwards and it's noticeable in the top left corner of the screen and showing a bit from outside the set. The camera then quickly moves down to cover it up.
The scene where Jazz is thrown out of the house in this episode is the same exact clip used in every Fresh Prince episode that features him being thrown out of the front door.
This episode introduces Jeff Townes as Jazz, who will play Will's best friend for many episodes to come.
Goof: When Phil is telling Geoffrey about his day at work he takes an aspirin and drinks the water. The glass of water is almost gone. But if you look closely a couple of shots later the glass is full of water again.
Goof: Phil says that Will is 17 but in a later episode, Will says that he left Philly when he was 14.
Goof: In the scene where Will meets Dr. No for the first time, Will mouths the line 'string of Arabians' as Dr. No is saying the line. Frequently, Will Smith did this as a joke and the scenes had to be filmed again, but this one was missed.
Philip wins a case called "Quincy vs. Jones." Quincy Jones was the producer of show.
Will mentions Rosa Parks and her sore feet. Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to obey bus driver and relinquish her seat to a white man on December 1, 1955. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement.
The kitchen shown in this episode is very different from the one that is used in the rest of the series run.
Hattie repeatedly sang or hummed the song Wade in the Water. Harriet Tubman sang this spiritual as a warning to runaway slaves. To escaping slaves, the song told them to abandon the path and move into the water. By travelling along the water's edge or across a body of water, the slaves would throw chasing dogs and their keepers off the scent. This song was better explained in a later epsiode of this series.
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